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2017 NODA Region I Conference
Navigating the Valley of OTR:
The Heart of Our Practice

February 24 - 26, 2017

Corvallis, Oregon

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Conference Hosts:

Natalie Rooney, Oregon State University
Brittany Henderson, Cornish College of the Arts

The 2017 NODA Region I conference will be hosted in Corvallis, OR, at Oregon State University. Our theme is “Navigating the Valley of OTR: The Heart of Our Practice.” The theme is a play off the location – “Corvallis” combines the Latin words for “heart of the valley,” and we hope that your travels to Corvallis will allow you to remember with why we work in orientation, transition and retention fields. Join us at our conference to rejuvenate and excite yourself for your upcoming orientation season. Enjoy learning, sharing and fellowship with your Region I colleagues and students!

Conference Feature: Undergraduate Student Case Study Competition
The Undergraduate Case Study provides students an opportunity to participate in a hands-on learning experience where they are able to challenge themselves and collaborate with students from various institutions. Students will be provided a “scenario” similar to the many challenges they face during their orientation and new student programs and will come up with solutions with their team members. Based on their presentation, students may receive awards including, best overall, best team-work, and best problem solving at the closing banquet.

Educational Session Proposals & Peer Reviewers
Interested in sharing your knowledge about OTR at this year’s Regional Conference? Educational Session Proposals will be open for submissions will open on December 15, 2016. All session proposals must be submitted by January 12, 2017 extended to January 19 at 11:59:59 p.m. EST. Forms will be time-stamped upon submission.

Highlight Session Proposals for Associate Members
Associate Members have the opportunity to submit a proposal to present a Highlight Session at Regional Conferences. Highlight Sessions are time slots dedicated to Associate Members who are interested in showcasing their products or services at regional conferences to NODA members through a conference program session. If selected for a Highlight Session time slot, an Associate Member who is selected to present a Highlight Session will pay the Highlight Session Fee of $100 (in addition to their registration fee).

Regional Awards

Nominate your students and colleagues for Regional Awards. Available Regional Awards include: Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader Award (Two and Four Year), Outstanding Graduate Student, Outstanding Orientation Professional, Regional Innovative Program, Regional Outstanding New Orientation Professional, and Regional Showcase Award. All nominations are due by January 26, 2017 at 11:59:59 p.m. EST. All forms will be time-stamped upon submission. If you are having technical difficulties with the submission form, please contact the NODA Association Office first at or 612/301-NODA (6632).

Travel Information
For those of you who may be flying to join us in Corvallis, we would recommend one of a couple airport options within Oregon, both of which will require a drive/shuttle ride to get you directly to Corvallis.

You can fly into the  Portland International Airport  and either rent a car to take down or use the  HUT Shuttle. The drive from PDX to Corvallis is  approximately 90 minutes.
You can also choose to fly into the  Eugene Airport  and rent a car to take up. The drive from EUG to Corvallis is  approximately 50 minutes.


Hotel Information

Hilton Garden Inn Corvallis
2500 SW Western Blvd.,
Corvallis, OR, 97333

Double Queen - $132
King - $132

Phone: 541-752-5000 - ask for NODA group rate

Cut-off Date for the NODA Rate: February 2, 2017

While registering for the conference online, you can either pay with a credit card immediately or create an invoice to pay with a check. If you choose to pay with a check please send it to the NODA Association Office at: 2829 University Ave SE, Suite 415, Minneapolis, MN 55414. We highly recommend paying for your registration fee before arriving on-site for the event, this way your ability to attend will not be hindered. NODA does not accept checks on-site, only credit cards if necessary.
Registration Type
Early Bird Rate
Dec 15 - Jan 26
Regular Rate
Jan 27 - Feb 9
Late Rate
Feb 10 - Feb 21
NODA Member - Professional
$160 $185
Nonmember - Professional
$270 $295 $320
Graduate Student*
$135 $160 $185
Undergraduate Student*
$135 $160 $185
Associate Member
*Graduate students must be NODA members to attend the conference and receive the conference student rate.
**If you are an undergraduate student, you must be registered by a Graduate, Professional, or Professional Nonmember. Graduates and Undergraduates are both charged the student rate.
***All conference pricing is in USD

Regional Conference Refunds/Cancellation Policy
Please note that all NODA membership fees are nonrefundable once payment has been processed; however, you may request a refund for the conference registration fees based on the following refund timeline. Conference registrants requesting a cancellation that is received in writing to the NODA Home Office on or before 5 p.m., 2 full weeks before the conference, will receive a full refund. Registrants requesting a cancellation in writing on or before 5 p.m, with less than 2 weeks until the conference start date will receive a refund minus $100 late cancellation fee. Absolutely no refunds will be made to individuals canceling within 24 hours of the conference start date. Conference organizers cannot accept refund requests that result from canceled flights and/or natural disasters. The contact information for NODA Home Office is: NODA, University of Minnesota, 2829 University Avenue, Suite 415, Minneapolis, MN 55414; Toll free phone (866) 521-NODA (6632); Phone: (612) 301-6632; Fax: (612) 624-2628.

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